History Theatre / TheMikado

19th Jul '17 3:00:07 PM LentilSandEater
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* ChristmasCake: Katisha, a very old maid, pines for Nanki-Poo.
** Or, more likely, for the title of "Daughter-in-Law Elect of the Mikado", and eventually Queen. From her behavior in the second act, it is clear that she would pattern her reign after the Queen of Hearts from ''[[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Alice in Wonderland]]'' ("[[OffWithHisHead off with their heads]]!"), so the inhabitants of Titipu could heave a sigh of relief that she didn't get her wish.

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* ChristmasCake: Katisha, a very old maid, pines for Nanki-Poo.
** Or, more likely,
Nanki-Poo and for the title of "Daughter-in-Law Elect of the Mikado", and eventually Queen. From her behavior in the second act, it is clear that she would pattern her reign after the Queen of Hearts from ''[[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Alice in Wonderland]]'' ("[[OffWithHisHead off with their heads]]!"), so the inhabitants of Titipu could heave a sigh of relief that she didn't get her wish.
16th Jun '17 4:18:54 PM megarotic
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** When they say Pooh-Bah is "Lord High Everything Else," they mean it.[[note]]First Lord of the Treasury, Lord Chief Justice, Commander-in-Chief, Lord High Admiral, Master of the Hounds, Groom of the Back Stairs, Archbishop of Titipu, Lord Mayor (both acting and elect), Lord Chamberlain, Attorney General, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Privy Purse, Private Secretary (to Ko-Ko), Solicitor (for Ko-Ko, again), Leader of the Opposition, Paymaster General, Lord High Auditor, First (or Chief) Commissioner of Police, Secretary of State for the Home Department ''and'' the Registrar.[[/note]]

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** When they say Pooh-Bah is "Lord High Everything Else," they mean it.[[note]]First Lord of the Treasury, Lord Chief Justice, Commander-in-Chief, Lord High Admiral, Master of the Hounds, Groom of the Back Stairs, Archbishop of Titipu, Lord Mayor (both acting and elect), Lord Chamberlain, Attorney General, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Privy Purse, Private Secretary (to Ko-Ko), Solicitor (for Ko-Ko, again), Leader of the Opposition, Paymaster General, Lord High Auditor, First (or Chief) Commissioner of Police, Secretary of State for the Home Department ''and'' ''[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]]'' the Registrar.[[/note]]
14th May '17 3:05:06 PM Jeduthun
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** Another that is [[http://www.frolichawaii.com/stories/the-mikado-has-arrived/ gaining a bit of currency]] is to portray everyone as {{Anime}} characters, which preserves the intended satire on Western fascination with TheThemeParkVersion of Japanese culture.
22nd Mar '17 10:09:54 AM Jeduthun
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** Martyn Greene recounts that when played Ko-Ko, even without changing the words he was often able to get a huge laugh by looking pointedly up at the seats of any visiting dignitaries (once including UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill!) at ''exactly'' the right moment:

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** Martyn Greene recounts that when he played Ko-Ko, even without changing the words he was often able to get a huge laugh by looking pointedly up at the seats of any visiting dignitaries (once including UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill!) at ''exactly'' the right moment:
22nd Mar '17 10:05:14 AM Jeduthun
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** Martyn Greene recounts that when played Ko-Ko, even without changing the words he was often able to get a huge laugh by looking pointedly up at the seats of any visiting dignitaries (once including UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill!) at ''exactly'' the right moment:
--> And apologetic statesmen of a compromising kind, \\
Such as ó What d'ye call him ó Thing'em-bob, and likewise ó Never-mind, \\
And 'Stó 'stó 'stó and What's-his-name, and also '''''You-know-who'''''....
18th Mar '17 10:12:31 PM PaulA
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-->'''Pooh-Bah''': I am, in point of fact, a particularly haughty and exclusive person, of pre-Adamite ancestral descent. You will understand this when I tell you that [[UpToEleven I can trace my ancestry back to a protoplasmic primordial atomic globule.]]

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-->'''Pooh-Bah''': -->'''Pooh-Bah:''' I am, in point of fact, a particularly haughty and exclusive person, of pre-Adamite ancestral descent. You will understand this when I tell you that [[UpToEleven I can trace my ancestry back to a protoplasmic primordial atomic globule.]]



-->'''Ko-Ko''': When Your Majesty says "Let a thing be done", itís as good as done, practically it '''is''' done, because Your Majestyís will is law. Your Majesty says "Kill a gentleman", and the gentleman is to be killed, consequently that gentleman is as good as dead, practically he '''is''' dead, and if he is dead, why not say so?
-->'''The Mikado''': I see. (DramaticPause) Nothing could possibly be more...satisfactory!

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-->'''Ko-Ko''': -->'''Ko-Ko:''' When Your Majesty says "Let a thing be done", itís as good as done, practically it '''is''' done, because Your Majestyís will is law. Your Majesty says "Kill a gentleman", and the gentleman is to be killed, consequently that gentleman is as good as dead, practically he '''is''' dead, and if he is dead, why not say so?
-->'''The Mikado''':
so?\\
'''The Mikado:'''
I see. (DramaticPause) ''[DramaticPause]'' Nothing could possibly be more...satisfactory! satisfactory!



-->'''Ko-Ko''': The fact is, he's gone abroad.\\
'''The Mikado''': Gone abroad? His address!\\
'''Ko-Ko''': Knightsbridge!

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-->'''Ko-Ko''': -->'''Ko-Ko:''' The fact is, he's gone abroad.\\
'''The Mikado''': Mikado:''' Gone abroad? His address!\\
'''Ko-Ko''': '''Ko-Ko:''' Knightsbridge!



--->'''Katisha:''' And you won't hate me because I'm just a little teeny weeny wee bit bloodthirsty, will you?\\
'''Ko-Ko:''' Hate you? Oh, Katisha! is there not beauty even in bloodthirstiness?\\
'''Katisha:''' My idea exactly!



--->'''Katisha:''' And you won't hate me because I'm just a little teeny weeny wee bit bloodthirsty, will you?
--->'''Ko-Ko:''' Hate you? Oh, Katisha! is there not beauty even in bloodthirstiness?
--->'''Katisha:''' My idea exactly!



--> Long life to you --
--> Long life to you --
--> Long life to you -- [[GallowsHumor till then!]]

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--> -->Long life to you --\\
Long life to you --
--> Long life to you --
-->
--\\
Long life to you -- [[GallowsHumor till then!]]



-->"A wand'ring minstrel I,
-->A thing of shreds and patches!"

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-->"A wand'ring minstrel I,
-->A
I,\\
A
thing of shreds and patches!"



* WifeHusbandry: Ko-Ko is Yum-Yum's guardian, and explains "I've educated her to be my wife; she's been taught to regard me as a wise and good man."



* WifeHusbandry: Ko-Ko is Yum-Yum's guardian, and explains "I've educated her to be my wife; she's been taught to regard me as a wise and good man."
18th Mar '17 10:10:52 PM PaulA
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* LosingYourHead: Provides the quote for the trope.

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* LosingYourHead: Provides While Ko-Ko, Pitti-Sing and Pooh-Bah are describing the quote for the trope.supposed execution of Nanki-Poo, Pooh-Bah gets carried away and claims that Nanki-Poo's severed head remained animate long enough to bow politely three times in farewell.
18th Mar '17 6:02:23 PM PaulA
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In a quite fictionalized version of Japan, Nanki-Poo, the son of the Mikado (the Emperor), wanders the streets as a WanderingMinstrel. Meanwhile, a hapless tailor named Ko-Ko has been saved from the chopping block and appointed High Executioner. Instructed to execute ''somebody'' before The Mikado returns, Ko-Ko happens upon Nanki-Poo, who is suicidally in love with the maiden Yum-Yum. Seeing an opportunity, Ko-Ko decides to help Nanki-Poo have his death wish and to be with Yum-Yum. HilarityEnsues.

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In a quite fictionalized version of Japan, Nanki-Poo, the son of the Mikado (the Emperor), wanders the streets as a WanderingMinstrel. Meanwhile, a hapless tailor named Ko-Ko has been saved from the chopping block and appointed High Executioner. Instructed to execute ''somebody'' before The Mikado returns, Ko-Ko happens upon Nanki-Poo, who is suicidally in love with the maiden Yum-Yum.Yum-Yum, and contemplating suicide because she's due to marry another. Seeing an opportunity, Ko-Ko decides to help Nanki-Poo have his death wish and to be with Yum-Yum. HilarityEnsues.


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* ThisIsReality: After Ko-Ko, Pooh-Bah, and Pitti-Sing are convicted of inadvertantly doing away with the heir to the throne, the Mikado remarks that he's sorry for them, but this is an unjust world and virtue is triumphant only in theatrical performances.


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* WifeHusbandry: Ko-Ko is Yum-Yum's guardian, and explains "I've educated her to be my wife; she's been taught to regard me as a wise and good man."
15th Jan '17 1:09:59 PM Jeduthun
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* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: Pooh-Bah is: Master of the Rolls, Master of the Buckhounds, Groom of the Backstairs, First Lord of the Treasury, Solicitor, Lord Chamberlain, Attorney-General, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Privy Purse, Lord Chief Justice, Leader of the Opposition, Paymaster-General, Lord High Auditor, Archbishop of Titipu, First Commissioner of Police, Private Secretary, Groom of the Second Floor Front, Lord Mayor and Judge Ordinary. Indeed the only position in city government he does not hold is that of Lord High Executioner; his shorter title is Lord High Everything Else. Modern productions like to add some titles to introduce more contemporary humour. Examples would be Director of Homeland Security or Husband of Creator/ElizabethTaylor.
28th Dec '16 7:35:25 PM Odacon_Spy
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** A recent version with Alistair Mcgowan rhymed Mikado with the supermarket chain Ocado.

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** A recent version with Alistair Mcgowan [=McGowan=] rhymed Mikado with the supermarket chain Ocado.
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